At the end of the second World War, Penguin Books issued a series of small paperbacks full of fascinating facts, puzzles, quiz questions and crosswords, most of them compiled by Hubert Phillips, an expert in all these. Occasionally another contributor is credited with input, and the final volume "To Test Your Knowledge" was in fact compiled by W.N. and Margaret Dixon (with grateful thanks to Hubert Phillips for his guidance).
Hubert Phillips (1891–1964) was a British economist, journalist, broadcaster, bridge player and organiser, composer of puzzles and quizzes, and the author of some 70 books. He founded (1932) and edited (1936–39) "British Bridge World", and pioneered bridge organisation in England, becoming the first chairman of the English Bridge Union (1936). He devised and co-presented the first ever bridge programmes on BBC TV (1936). He wrote about bridge, published 100+ crime stories, and composed thousands of puzzles, both mathematical and inferential, as well as ~6000 crosswords. He wrote on bridge for the News Chronicle as 'Nine-spot', and also contributed to The Nation and The New Statesman as 'Caliban'.
Our books are in surprisingly good general condition for their age and format. All retain their covers intact, though age-worn as one would expect. One cover (Ask Me Another) is detached, and one half-title page is missing (Who Wrote That?), but otherwise there are few defects - some pencilled notes here and there, and a name & address written on the front cover of 'Who Wrote That?'. That volume is also the most stained (?water) of the set - possibly the most used. An interesting collection overall.